Two plead guilty to selling cocaine following undercover sting

A Revelstoke man and woman were given nine-month conditional sentences after pleading guilty to possession for trafficking in a controlled substance in Revelstoke court on Feb. 2

A Revelstoke man and woman were given nine-month conditional sentences after pleading guilty to possession for trafficking in a controlled substance in Revelstoke court on Feb. 2.

Michael G. Bailey, 26, and Kari-Lynne T. McAuley, 47, were before the court after being busted for selling one gram of cocaine in an undercover police operation on Feb. 28, 2009.

The RCMP operation began when one officer, described in court as a “pretty, young lady,” asked Bailey several times if he could procure some cocaine.

After several requests, Bailey acquiesced, and went to a friend’s house, where McAuley said she could help.

“He was trying to impress the girl,” defence lawyer Chris Johnston told the court.

They went to a residence in the Big Eddy where McAuley purchased the cocaine, gave it to Bailey, who then gave it to the undercover officer.

Following the exchange, a search warrant was executed on the Big Eddy home but no one from the home was charged, the court heard.

Johnston told the court that neither defendant had a criminal record. He said Bailey was not a dealer but knew how to get drugs, whereas McAuley was “someone who knew someone.” They did not have any connections to each other.

Johnston said neither McAuley nor Bailey profited from the exchange, they just passed the money onto the dealers.

They were both handed nine-month conditional sentences by Judge Edmund De Walle, including house arrest for the first three months and an 11 p.m. curfew for the second three months.